WBO Oriental champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali refuses to fight Vijender Singh

first_imgWBO Oriental Champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China has refused to fight against Asia Pacific Champion Vijender Singh as talks between the promoters of both boxers have fallen flat. The bout was supposed to take place in Mumbai on April 1.Vijender however, will be fighting on the given date and in Mumbai albeit against a different opponent. Vijender’s promoters, IOS Boxing promotions, are now talking to other international boxing champions in the same weight category and will soon announce the opponent.  “Zulpikar has refused to fight Vijender Singh, but that does not mean that the fight will not take place, it is likely to happen later in the year.However, the bout set to happen on 1st April in Mumbai has not changed. We are talking to other boxers in the same category as Vijender Singh and we will announce the opponent soon. Later in summer,” said Neerav Tomar, promoter, IOS Boxing Promotions.Vijender on his part said that he’s prepared to fight against anybody.”I like to take things positively, I am sure Zulpikar has his reasons for not fighting. However, I am ready to fight whoever is my next opponent, my promoters are working towards it and I am sure they will come up with another challenger. I am preparing myself for whoever is willing to fight.”The 31-year-old Bhiwani boxer has a 8-0 record in pro-boxing so far. Vijender’s last fight was against Tanzania’s Francis Cheka, whom he knocked out in the third round to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in front of home fans in New Delhi.advertisementlast_img read more

Salah compared to Pogba in ‘hostile’ diving debate

first_imgThe diving debate surrounding Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is considered to be “totally unacceptable” and “hostile”, with Robbie Fowler suggesting that the Egyptian is being singled out as an “overseas player”.The Reds star has faced plenty of criticism over recent weeks for a supposed willingness to go to ground too easily.Decisions have gone for and against him when taking a tumble, with Liverpool benefiting from penalty calls. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fowler believes Salah has had every right to hit the deck when touched, with players at other clubs – such as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – proving that referees only act when they are made aware of obvious contact.The Reds legend wrote in The Mirror: “I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable.”Mohamed Salah Vincent Kompany Manchester City Liverpool Premier League 03012019Fowler added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit ­theatrically, ­sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s ­almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah were this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he ­converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is not the first to offer his support to Salah in the simulation row, but the likes of John Aldridge – another Liverpool icon – have warned the 26-year-old that he risks earning an unwanted reputation if the theatrics continue. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more